Winston turns 3!

birthday breakfast

birthday breakfast 3As a child two things I could guarantee on my birthday were: a birthday tea after school and opening presents on my Mum and Dad’s bed first thing with all my siblings. These are two traditions we have kept in our own little family, but we have also added a new one: birthday breakfast. We asked Winston the day before what he would like for his and he said pancakes. So pancakes it was – with Nutella, maple syrup, squirty cream and green juice. I set it up the night before so we would be all ready to go. He woke up around 7am and we watched him open his presents.IMG_0708Winston really doesn’t have any friends other than his cousins, and that suits me well because (selfishly) I’m not ready to enter party territory yet. I know I would find the whole experience uber stressful and I think parties can put a lot of pressure on young children. I tried so hard not to build up his birthday – I didn’t want him to be wired by the time the day came, talk about it all week or have expectations. He did have a couple of requests: a long table and making pizza. I asked him if our table at home would suffice and he said yes (phew).

Baking was high on the list of activities for the day, as was playing games. I don’t think I’ve ever baked a successful cake, or if I have, I have never been able to recreate it successfully. I’m more of a tray bake, cupcake baker. Winston and I were quite pleased how the cake turned out. It looked like the layers were too thin, so we decided to do double it. As a consequence it ended up huge!

victoria sponge cake birthday

orchard games

We played every single one of his games and then spent a long time attempting to FaceTime my Mum after we missed her calls…and after Winston had taken no less than about 300 selfies!

Face timeWin and I made lots of pizza dough and got the toppings ready for people to make their own. From about half past 4 his cousins aunts, uncles and grandparents started arriving. It was a bit mad – 15 adults and 10 children makes for large amounts of mess and noise.

pass the parcelAfter food we had a quick game of pass the parcel, sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and ate cake. Jared and I were invited to a wedding on Saturday, but we realised quite late on that the children weren’t invited. Winston headed to my Mum’s for a sleepover and we were able to take Ru with us in the end. I really don’t like leaving him with anyone other than Jared, plus he’s only little and fits snuggly on our laps.

family picture felt hatsYou have no idea how long it took to get this incredibly imperfect photograph, but I love it. Win has got new pyjamas on (shorts and tee of course), plus his shoes all ready to go to Grandma’s house.

Happy birthday Winston!

E xx


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  1. julie
    16th March 2015 / 8:02 pm

    bless him he looks like he had a lovely day ,happy birthday Winston . Your cake looked yummy and it must be lovely having family around .Also a birthday breakfast sounds like fun I have two birthdays to do next month my son will be 12 and little girl 4 so I think I might try a birthday breakfast .

    • 17th March 2015 / 9:08 pm

      Oh how lovely to have two birthdays! I got far more excited for his than I do for mine. Let me know how you get on. Breakfast things are usually cheap and everybody benefits 😉 xx

  2. 16th March 2015 / 8:47 pm

    Aw happy birthday to Winston- he looks like he had a perfect day. Pancakes are always a great start and that cake is AMAZING! I can’t bake, mine would look awful. x

    • 17th March 2015 / 9:09 pm

      I too love pancakes – I was glad he suggested them. It’s a not a very boyish cake but it’s similar to one he spotted on google images. Haha. My hubs decorated it. I am far too impatient for things like that! x

  3. 16th March 2015 / 9:07 pm

    It looks like Win had a wonderful Birthday and those photos of you and him are gorgeous. Love the Birthday tea and presents in bed traditions. Happy Birthday again Winston x

    • 17th March 2015 / 9:10 pm

      Thank you very much Donna! 🙂 Next year he will be four which is just too crazy. I thought everyone opened presents on their bed…obviously not! xx

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